During Ferrari's early production years, the creation of road-going versions existed solely to support Il Commendatore's racing effort. The competition pedigree was built atop a continuous progression of the small-displacement V-12 engines designed by Gioachino Colombo, the first of which was deployed in 1947 as the 125S. Its displacement measured 1500 cubic centimeters and offered considerable power considering its day and size, quickly earning Ferrari a reputation for technical sophistication. Later engines were developed based on the original design, earning many racing victories, notably the 166MM and the 212 Export. A larger-displacement, more powerful version of the 212 Export competition model was introduced in 1952, christened the 225 'Sport,' following the long-time Ferrari practice of naming their models consistent with the displacement of a single cylinder.
The 12-cylinder engine in the Ferrari 225S displaced 2.7-liters overall. Inspired by the concurrently-produced, Lampredi-designed 'big block' Ferrari engines, it was given roller-type cam followers introduced by Lampredi. Notable racing accomplishments were achieved at the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, and outright firsts in the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti, the Portuguese Grand Prix, and Buenos Aires, as well as a 1-2-3 achievement at the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix. Drivers who piloted the 225S include Taruffi, Marzotto, Villoresi, Castelotti, and 'Pagnibon.'
The most advanced 225S had a tuboscocca frame, a special chassis with double outer-tubes joined together with a truss-like arrangement. Along with providing strength, it helped form a skeleton for the body shape on which body panels could be arranged.
Approximately 20 examples of the 225S were constructed through 1952 and 19 of them (12 Spyders and 7 Berlinettas) received coachwork by Alfredo Vignale. by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2019
Throughout the early 1950s, Ferrari would produce a number of sports-racers chassis that would be well and truly mere variations on a theme. But the factory had struck a chord with its public and only found it necessary to introduce slight variations....[continue reading]
The small-displacement Ferrari V12 engine, engineered by Gioachino Colombo, was used to power the 125S. The unit displaced 1,500cc and produced a considerable amount of power for its day and size. An increase in size resulted with the 166MM and later....[continue reading]
A larger-displacement, more powerful version of the Ferrari 212 Export was introduced in 1952 and christened the 225 Sport, following the practice of naming their models consistent with the displacement of a single cylinder. Only 21 examples - 15 Spy....[continue reading]
By 1951 Carrozzeria Vignale was the main supplier of a competition bodywork for both Ferrari factory racers and privateers. The 1952 Mille Miglia had 27 Ferrari entries - a sixth of the total Ferrari production to that date - and a Ferrari 250 S Vign....[continue reading]
The first event for this significant Ferrari 225 Sport was the 1952 Giro di Sicilia, where it was driven by its first owner, Franco Bordoni, who later placed tenth at the year's Mille Miglia, driving a Ferrari 166 MM. The car continued to be raced th....[continue reading]
This Ferrari 225 Sport is the tenth of twelve 225 Sport chassis fitted with spider bodywork by Vignale. It received the three distinctive oval portholes on the front fenders and was completed by the factory in July of 1952. After going through road-t....[continue reading]
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